Wates Breaks Ground for New Homes in Cardiff
Work on a housing development of the future, to build more than 200 low carbon homes for Cardiff, has begun. Cardiff Council and its partners, Wates
Work on a housing development of the future, to build more than 200 low carbon homes for Cardiff, has begun. Cardiff Council and its partners, Wates Residential, have started construction on the largest development in the Cardiff Living scheme, that will deliver 214 new properties on the former site of Eastern high school off Newport Road.
The innovative development has been awarded GBP 4.1 million of Welsh Government Innovative Housing Programme funding and will take energy performance standards to a new level as all of the homes will incorporate renewable technologies and smart energy management systems to significantly reduce the energy demand on the grid, as well as helping to tackle fuel poverty by significantly reducing energy bills.
The site will include 65 new council homes, 44 of which will be Community Living flats for older people and 21 two and three-bedroom houses. A further 149 properties will be for sale on the open market and both council and sale housing will be built to the same energy performance standards.
The Community Living scheme called Addison House will be a state-of-the-art building designed to meet the needs of older people and will be the first of four new similar facilities to be built across the city as part of Cardiff Council’s Older Person’s Strategy.
The facility will consist of one and two bedroom flats, comprising open plan living, private balconies, dual aspect design, which are flexible enough to cater for residents’ changing needs. The building will also have two residents’ lounges, a roof terrace overlooking the Bristol Channel as well as a large communal courtyard garden.
The Council and Wates Residential are working with Cardiff-based sustainable energy services company, Sero to incorporate low carbon technologies into the development of all the new homes including ground source heat pumps, smart thermal storage, electric vehicle charging points, solar panels and smart controls for residents. Sero will provide an innovative grid energy control network that will intelligently draw, discharge and anticipate energy demands, almost completely avoiding the National Grid at peak times.